Who's Hot & Not - The NFL Combine Offense
USC QB Mark Sanchez
USC QB Mark Sanchez
Posted Feb 23, 2009

From Mark Sanchez and the star quarterback prospects to the Andre Smith to Ian Johnson, who were the hot offensive players and who came out of Indianapolis with problems? Check out the Who's Hot and Not after two days of the 2009 NFL Combine.

Who's Hot & Not - 2009 Combine


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By Pete Fiutak

Who’s Hot …

The Superstar Quarterback Prospects
Any real question marks about Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez as potential franchise quarterback prospects were all but answered. Stafford showed enough athleticism to prove he wasn't a statue, while he continued to prove his arm strength, while Sanchez, from all accounts, said everything everyone wanted to hear in the interview process. Meanwhile, Sanchez showed off excellent athleticism and more than adequate arm strength. Meanwhile, Kansas State's Josh Freeman continues to generate a buzz. Not only did he run well and jump out of the stadium on his broad jump of 9-11, but he was every bit as big as expected measuring close to 6-6 and 248 pounds..

South Carolina TE Jared Cook
Not only did Cook measure 6-5 and 256 pounds, but the tight end came up with a work out that many wide receivers would've dreamed of. He was fluid with a 4.5 40 time, threw up 23 reps of 225 pounds, and was running back-quick through the shuttle and short drills. He also showed off excellent hands while looking like a natural NFL target.

South Carolina OT Jamon Meredith
While he appeared to have wiry legs compared to the other behemoths working out, Meredith turned out to be stronger, and far more athletic, than any of the tackle prospects. The 6-5, 304-pounder ripped off 31 reps on the bench, ran a fantastic 5.04 in the 40, and moved well in every drill. He looked like a natural.

Boise State RB Ian Johnson
Johnson came into Indianapolis known as a high-character prospect who'd do whatever was needed for a team. He finished the Combine as a hot overall prospect who cranked out stunningly strong numbers. Size wasn't a question mark at a solid 5-11 and 212 pounds, but his 4.46 in the 40 had the scouts checking their watches. The 26 reps of 225 pounds would've been solid for a lineman, much less a running back.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland  
If you're known as a speed guy, you have to show it off when you get the chance. The scouts wanted to see if Heyward-Bey really was as fast as he looked on tape, and he came through with a blazing, and effortless-looking, 4.3 in the 40. At 6-2 and 195 pounds with elite speed, he all but solidified himself as a top 50 pick.

Virginia OT Eugene Monroe and Baylor OT Jason Smith
Helped by the Andre Smith issue, and the poor bench press and mediocre workout from Michael Oher, Monroe and Smith moved into the top two slots for offensive tackles and all but assured themselves of top ten, if not top five, selections. Monroe was disappointing in the bench, only lifting the 225 pounds 23 times, but he was a natural in all the drills. He had the look of a day one starter. Meanwhile, Smith was athletic as well as strong, doing a nice job in all the drills while running a 5.22 40. He also came up with a tackle-tying 33 reps on the bench.

West Virginia QB Pat White
The big question mark was whether or not White would be willing to play receiver at the next level. He did all the right things to say he wanted to be a quarterback, while being open to other options. Working out with the quarterbacks, he threw extremely well. Extremely well. He showed he could make all the throws, even if he didn't have Matthew Stafford's gun. Measuring at just over six feet tall was also a huge plus; there's a major stigma against quarterbacks who can't hit the mark. His 4.5 was fantastic for a quarterback, and just good enough for a receiver, if needed.

Who’s Not …

Alabama OT Andre Smith
In a public relations disaster, Smith became the talk of the Combine with his sudden departure. He showed up out of shape and ill-prepared for the workout, checking in at a mushy 6-4 and 332 pounds, while failing to lift or do any of the drills a before taking off to Atlanta for a pair of scheduled workouts. He thought he could take off without telling anyone, and there seemed to be more overall confusion than anything else, but for a player thought to be a near-certain top five pick, he has some damage control to do.

Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree
And now the scouting world watches and waits for late March. Crabtree was diagnosed with a slight stress fracture in his foot and wasn't able to run. Unlike Andre Smith, Crabtree did himself a great service by hanging around and talking to any team that wanted to poke and prod his personality further. Now the speed questions will really kick in. Not expected to run a lightning fast 40 time before, now he'll be measured against a blazing receiving group that had only four prospects go over 4.5 and with no one over 4.7.

Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew
The consensus No. 1 tight end prospect, Pettigrew measured big (6-5 and 263 pounds), but didn't look smooth. He ran a pedestrian 4.85 while failing to stand out in any one area. He's still considered the top tight end prospect, but he's not the must-have, sure-thing star he was projected to be before Indianapolis.

Penn State WR Derrick Williams
Williams was stricken with the flu, but he chose to run anyway. In a fast group of receivers, Williams came up with extremely slow times, running a 4.58 and a 4.67. Considering he's not all that big at under six feet and 197 pounds, he needed to come up with a lightning fast time. He didn't.

Florida TE Cornelius Ingram
After missing all of last year with a torn up knee, Ingram was the hot tight end prospect coming into the Combine with the athleticism and size to get the scouts drooling. While he checked in at almost 6-4 and 245 pounds, he was average in the quickness drills, wasn't explosive, and came up with a decent, but not eye-popping, 4.68. Considering his lack of experience over the last 12 months, he needed to come up with a great workout, and didn't.